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minke whale

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noun min·ke whale \ˈmiŋ-kə-\

Definition of minke whale

  1. :  a small grayish baleen whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) with a whitish underside —called also minke



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Origin of minke whale

part translation of Norwegian minkehval, from minke- (perhaps from Meincke, a crewman of Svend Foyn †1894 Norwegian whaler) + hval whale


First Known Use: 1939


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